The 2017 Yamaha XT250 will appeal to riders looking for a dirt-capable dual-sport bike with an approachable seat height and easy operation.With electric starting and fuel injection, the XT250 is a trouble free machine with a long history of dependability. Off-road, due to moderate suspension travel and basic suspension units, the XT250 will do best at lower speeds and on smoother trails when riding off-road.
Freeway use will be limited, but the XT250 makes for an outstanding urban commuter with weight under 300 pounds, a good perch for viewing your surroundings, and impressive 200-mile range that comes from great fuel economy and a decent-sized fuel tank.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Yamaha XT250 Specs:
Motor: SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve single
Bore x stroke: 74 x 58mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI)
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension: Non-adjustable 35mm forks; 8.9 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Linkage assisted shock w/ adjustable spring-preload and rebound damping; 7.1 inches of travel
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